Transforming the Dandenong Creek: 6 month update

Our four-year project to transform the Dandenong Creek corridor into a world-class urban Living Link is now on the home strait, finishing up by the end of June. Together with our six partner councils (Maroondah, Knox, Whitehorse, Monash, Greater Dandenong and Casey), Parks Victoria and Melbourne Water we’ve been working at 40 priority sites to habitat for wildlife in this important corridor, as well as making it a more beautiful place for people to enjoy.

Environmental works have now been completed at 32 sites, with the rest due for completion in the next few months. Between July and December 2019, these works included 71.3 hectares of weed control (8.2ha new and 63.1ha ongoing), 4.6 hectares of revegetation to fill ‘gaps’ in the corridor. During the same six-month period, the project also ran 16 community events that engaged 1519 people. These included two large National Tree Day plantings and the Wild Pollinator Discovery Day where 70 participants learned about native pollinators and made their own native ‘bee hotel’ to take home. Throughout January, we also ran the Wayapa in the Park series, where participants got a taste of the connection that Aboriginal people feel for the natural world around them through gentle movements, visualisation and meditation.

In the final few months of the project, we will deliver the third Discover Dandenong Creek Festival, the Wild by Nature Film Festival, an Indigenous art project, and a range of other exciting community events and activities.

We would like to thank all of our wonderful delivery partners for their fantastic work so far, the community for their enthusiastic involvement, and the Victorian Government for funding this $1M project through their Our Catchments, Our Communities initiative.

Learn more about the project here.